Tarpon on Fly 6-14-12

Got an invitation to fly fish Pine Island for tarpon. Met up with Joe Harley at dark thirty and headed out for dawn patrol.






Hit a lot of spots running and gunnin. I was first up and got a fantastic eat by a 24 inch fish. He struck and missed the fly and would not give up. Missing it over and over all the way back to the boat. Just as I was out of line and out of room he ate! Wish I had a video of that.
Next up is Joe who hooks up on baby tarpon. What a beautiful fish that was carefully photographed and release.



Next spot has some bigger fish mixed in and I am back up on deck. I cast and cast to rolling fish with no success so decide to change our luck and Joe steps up to the bow. After a while he gets and eat from a bigger fish and the fight is on.







Which ended in a VERY healthy release...the kind you need a towel and clean your glasses after...but it was the end of our day and time for a nice ride back in.

Replies

  • SeeingRedSeeingRed Posts: 312 Officer
    Nice. You had a better day than me. I paddled 11 miles to picnic island and caught nothing but, jumped 2 tarpon about 50lbs each.

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  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,055 Officer
    :grin Yea!
    Here's at swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • BinderBinder Posts: 3,787 Captain
    Nice tarpon on the fly!! I need to get my act together and finally learn how to fly fish.
  • Tight LoopsTight Loops Posts: 205 Officer
    We can help you learn whenever you are ready. That is what we do with schools here and in Georgia. It might not be the most productive way to fish but it is one of the most fun.
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,427 Moderator
    I hear fly fishing can be good therapy for the for our inner spirit..
    thanks for the report.
    larrywitt
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,427 Moderator
    I hear fly fishing can be good therapy for the for our inner spirit..
    thanks for the report.
    larrywitt
    sorry double post
  • kahmadkahmad Posts: 235 Officer
    Sounds like a good day.
    I often find flies to be more effective than regular lures, especially when dealing with fish that are feeling the fishing pressure. Something about the quiet presentation and the twitch of a fast strip just brings out that reflex strike .
  • Tight LoopsTight Loops Posts: 205 Officer
    Yes and I think a bit of zonker strip or marabo that breathes in the water and moves even between strips helps too.
  • DoodidleDoodidle Posts: 141 Officer
    binder077 wrote: »
    Nice tarpon on the fly!! I need to get my act together and finally learn how to fly fish.

    Pm sent
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  • Tight LoopsTight Loops Posts: 205 Officer
    Doodidle wrote: »
    Pm sent

    No PM received...

    Got out again yesterday for the same drill. Not as many fish but did jump a 4 footer on the fly. One jump and gone so it was short lived.
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 8,401 Admiral
    Well done, sir.
  • DemarzacDemarzac Posts: 204 Officer
    Nice job on the fly. That fish looks like the perfect "fun size".
    "If you want to play an up-tempo, fast-skating game, we can play that game. If you want to muck and grind in the corners and along the boards, we can play that game too."-Famous Coach
  • Fishin' MusicianFishin' Musician Posts: 63 Greenhorn
    Well done!
    Dave
  • Tight LoopsTight Loops Posts: 205 Officer
    thanks...lots of fun

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